Sermons

Sermons

Losing Credibility One Empty Promise at a Time

Matthew 5:33-37 Each of our reputations are defined by our level of credibility. Instead of exaggerating with empty promises, simply stay reliable with a trustworthy life. Our credibility is determined by the trustworthiness of what we say. Little White Lies (5:33-36) Jesus paraphrased Old Testament teaching (Lev. 19:12; Num. 30:2; Deut. 23:21; Zech. 8:17) regarding the importance of empty or misleading promises. We can easily justify misrepresenting the truth in order to support an agenda. Jesus condemned the use of…

Avoiding Divorce

Matthew. 5:31-32 While divorce is permitted in the Bible, it is never promoted in the Bible. Learn what Jesus had to say about those considering dissolving a marriage union. Preliminary Considerations Divorce is not the unforgivable sin. Just because a sin can be forgiven does not mean that it should be casually committed. Shaming a person for a divorce is not honoring to God or helping anyone else. Biblical Expectations (5:31-32) The Original Law (5:31) God’s original provision for divorce…

Lured by Lust

Matthew 5:27-30 Adultery always begins far before the act. We must be careful what we look at and what we think about if we are to remain faithful to our commitments. External actions reveal internal attitudes. Sin is often meeting a right desire in the wrong way at the wrong time. The Price of Adultery (27) Adultery is grave disobedience against God. Adultery is irreversible damage against a family (even if it can be forgiven). Adultery is putting temporal feelings over lifelong commitments. The Danger of Lust (28) What we see leads to what we consider, which leads to what we do. You may…

If Thoughts Could Kill

Matthew 5:21-26 Jesus taught that just because your anger may not lead to murder does not mean that your thoughts are unclassified as sin. Unaddressed anger must be confronted in our lives. External actions reveal internal attitudes. Each of us is known by what makes us angry and how we handle it. Address Anger (21-22) Murder is a symptom; anger is the sickness. Insulting others is attempting to empty them of their worth. Judging another’s spiritual condition is actually an…

The Fulfillment We Need

Matthew 5:17-20 The coming of Christ was the fulfillment of the Old Testament expectations and the requirement for our own righteousness. Jesus came from heaven so we could go to heaven. How much claim did Jesus practically have on your life this week? The Christ Fulfillment (17-18) Literal: Jesus fulfilled at least 300 Old Testament prophecies given hundreds of years before he was born. Lifestyle: Jesus lived a perfect life and never disobeyed any of God’s commands. Lasting: We can trust in the promises of God because of the Bible’s unrelenting reliability…

What? In the World?

Matthew 5:13-16 Christians are to avoid being influenced by the world; instead, we are called to be influencers of the world. As salt and light, we are expected to transform the culture around us. What Does Salt Do? (v. 13) What Does Light Do? (v. 14-15) What Do We Do? (v. 16)

How to Be Truly Happy

Matthew 5:1-12 As Jesus began the most quoted sermon in history, he explained what the blessed or happy life looks like. Living according to the principles of the kingdom is a pivotal yet promising paradigm shift. The content of the Sermon on the Mount is to be the Kingdom standard in a confused culture. Jesus’ words are the standard to which disciples should ultimately strive. #1. The poor in spirit receive the kingdom of heaven. You don’t have to have it all together to be accepted by God. #2. Those who…

What We Know for Sure About the End

Daniel 12:1-13 While we may be uncertain regarding the timing of the end, God is clear regarding the testing leading up to that end. Daniel’s final vision provides a vague progression of events accompanied by a clear expectation for His followers. There is coming a time when 2020 will feel like the glory days. God has concealed certain details about what we want to know, but He has undoubtedly given us what we need to know. 1. Things will get worse before they get better (12:1). To follow Jesus in this…

Even the Antichrist Has a Term Limit

Daniel 11:1-45 Daniel foresaw a clear progression of prideful rulers culminating in the reign of the Antichrist. For all the power amassed by God’s opponents throughout history, their end will be sudden and sure. Some scholars believe that over 130 precise details about the future were foreseen in Daniel 11. The detailed nature of the vision gives us hope in our God, who is sovereign overall. Persia & Greece (1-4) The Persian Empire ensured God’s people returned to Jerusalem (2).…

The Spiritual Warfare All Around Us

Daniel 10:1-21 God sent messengers to Daniel to reveal how earthly conflicts are connected to spiritual warfare. If we don’t acknowledge that we are in a war, we will most definitely experience significant defeat. The quickest way to lose a battle is to forget that you are in a war. The Context (10:1-3) A remnant returned to rebuild Jerusalem, but Daniel was greatly burdened with the knowledge of their ongoing conflict (1). Daniel applied intentional and costly effort to discern God’s direction (2-3). The Vision (10:4-9) God helps us not by…

When the Future Seems Unclear

Daniel 9:20-27 In Daniel’s concern about the future, the angel Gabriel provided a needed amount of clarity yet permitted some level of confusion. While the details may be debated, the vision is clear – Christ is coming at an appointed time for a specific outcome. The only agreed-upon part of this passage is that it is one of the most difficult in all the Bible to interpret. God Hears Our Prayers [Daniel 9:20-23] God not only heard Daniel’s prayers, but…

When God’s People Turn Aside

Daniel 9:1-19 As Daniel studied the scriptures, he was dismayed at how far the people had drifted from God. His prayer of corporate repentance provides a helpful guide as we seek a needed wake-up call from God. To apply Daniel 9 most accurately, we need to pray for the Church more than the country. Daniel’s prayer of corporate repentance shows us four key things to include in our prayers. 1. Pray According to Scripture (9:1-2) The Word of God should…